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Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-29-16, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 82
Posted By B. Carfree
When I first started cranking out longer rides...

When I first started cranking out longer rides (over 100 miles) about fifty years ago (like you, I'm "of a certain age") I had more sore than a tailbone. In fact, my tailbone was just fine. However,...
Forum: Touring 07-29-16, 01:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 455
Posted By B. Carfree
My wife and I did something similar when we...

My wife and I did something similar when we picked up our last tandem in Seattle three years ago. On Thursday, we took the train up and picked up the bike. The staff at the shop did notice that we...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 01:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 432
Posted By B. Carfree
I remember the first time I encountered chip seal...

I remember the first time I encountered chip seal being put on a road. I was riding to my parents' home from the college town I lived in, about 100 miles. The last twenty miles is a glorious ride in...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 01:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 660
Posted By B. Carfree
At the risk of blasphemy before the gods of n+1,...

At the risk of blasphemy before the gods of n+1, I would suggest getting a quality bike fitting on your current bike (your trainer may know who to go to in your area) and buying the bits recommended....
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-28-16, 11:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 572
Posted By B. Carfree
We put the captain three teeth ahead of the...

We put the captain three teeth ahead of the stoker. However, for us the captain is my wife (5'6" 130#) and the stoker is me (6'2" 185#). Our thinking was to allow her to keep some of that "feel" of...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-28-16, 11:31 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 965
Posted By B. Carfree
Just one question: Didn't the researchers say...

Just one question: Didn't the researchers say that women were much more likely to crash on the tracks than men?
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-28-16, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By B. Carfree
Not all larger male stokers have disabilities....

Not all larger male stokers have disabilities. I'm 6'2" 185#, my wife is 5'6" 130#. She has almost always ridden captain, even when we were just using an old Huffy one-speed tandem back in the early...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-27-16, 11:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 965
Posted By B. Carfree
The tracks in Toronto have 35 mm flange widths,...

The tracks in Toronto have 35 mm flange widths, as opposed to our 45 mm flange widths. A wide tire (55 mm) is going to have trouble getting stuck in a 35 mm flange, but will often squeeze quite...
Forum: Living Car Free 07-27-16, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 242
Posted By B. Carfree
Oh, they are. They slow down to play apparently....

Oh, they are. They slow down to play apparently. There was a youtube video showing someone running into a police car (with its flashing lights on) and admitting he was "playing that stupid game".
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-27-16, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 696
Posted By B. Carfree
Yes, really. Risk of head injury per million...

Yes, really.

Risk of head injury per million hours travelled


Cyclist - 0.41
Pedestrian - 0.80
Motor vehicle occupant - 0.46
Motorcyclist - 7.66
Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-27-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By B. Carfree
Awesome photos again. Thanks for putting them up....

Awesome photos again. Thanks for putting them up. They're almost, but not quite, enough to drag me out of my coast hills for some Cascade fun.
Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-27-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 185
Posted By B. Carfree
You could check out Strava and see if anyone is...

You could check out Strava and see if anyone is riding locally at about the same pace as you are. You might even find, by looking at the data, that there is already a group that rides certain routes...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-24-16, 10:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 690
Posted By B. Carfree
Those times, in my experience, are rare enough to...

Those times, in my experience, are rare enough to not worry about. I also don't prioritize the momentary speed desires of people in cars over my life or my health.
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-24-16, 08:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 690
Posted By B. Carfree
There's an even better way to avoid winning a...

There's an even better way to avoid winning a door prize: don't ride in the door zone. It's worked for me for hundreds of thousands of miles with only one close call. That one oddity was an...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-24-16, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 324
Posted By B. Carfree
I doubt if cash flow was an issue. I suspect an...

I doubt if cash flow was an issue. I suspect an empathy deficit is more likely in play here. The cop and judge never ride bikes and find cyclists to be an unnecessary nuisance, so they cannot...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-23-16, 08:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,558
Posted By B. Carfree
It is interesting how many people have identified...

It is interesting how many people have identified that riding where/when traffic densities are low makes riding safer. (If there's no car, then there's no car that can hit you.) At the same time, we...
Forum: Commuting 07-23-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,347
Posted By B. Carfree
Locally, our downward trend in bike use seems to...

Locally, our downward trend in bike use seems to be continuing. Eugene lost 37% of its bike commuters from 2009-14 according to the US Census ACS. I doubt if 2015 or 2016 will show any reversal of...
Forum: Commuting 07-23-16, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By B. Carfree
Two co-workers and I once converted a janitorial...

Two co-workers and I once converted a janitorial closet that had a sink into a shower. We purchased one of those stand-alone units meant for RV's and built a platform so we could use the drain...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-23-16, 03:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By B. Carfree
We were 90 OOP for 27 years before changing over...

We were 90 OOP for 27 years before changing over to just three teeth out this past year. We did a lot of off-road and logging-road riding over the years OOP. We generally kept our relative pedal...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-23-16, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 324
Posted By B. Carfree
If you were travelling at the normal speed of...

If you were travelling at the normal speed of traffic, then that is an explicit exception to Washington's FRAP law, so you already have what you asked for.

Washington's FRAP law is perverse in not...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-23-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,172
Posted By B. Carfree
They work for cars too. A couple weeks ago, I was...

They work for cars too. A couple weeks ago, I was driving (:eek:) on a freeway at 3:30 AM. While I rarely overtake anyone when driving, I came upon a car going slower than I was. I commented to my...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 07-21-16, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 572
Posted By B. Carfree
When we were young and strong, we much preferred...

When we were young and strong, we much preferred 90 degrees out of phase; it was just so much smoother. As we got older, we found that while it was still better in the flats and on rollers, it didn't...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 07-21-16, 10:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 888
Posted By B. Carfree
You're correct on all counts (or close enough)....

You're correct on all counts (or close enough). However, on an emotional level, your favorite as I recall, the fact that pretty much all traffic fatalities are unnecessary and are caused by human...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-21-16, 10:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 194
Posted By B. Carfree
I forgot to mention that around mile post 2...

I forgot to mention that around mile post 2 coming down McBeth there's a 15 mph warning sign. It's not a bad idea to heed that sign for the next three curves or so.

If you go around the loop...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-20-16, 11:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 513
Posted By B. Carfree
Motorists actually stop at stop signs where you...

Motorists actually stop at stop signs where you live? That's amazing. It's been years since I've seen such a sight.
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